If you live in Southern California, maybe you've visited Descanso Gardens in La Canada/Flintridge. That is where I took the reference photo for this pastel painting. If you haven't been there and have a chance to go, it's worth the trip. It's about 160 acres and has about 1000 California Coastal Oaks in a forest with huge camillias growing beneath them. There is also a rose garden, lilac garden, koi pond, Japanese garden and tea house, art gallery, gift shop, a cafe, classes and so much more. I've been there at different times of the year and I don't think I have a favorite (there are always so many things in bloom) but this year I think I might go in March for the Cherry Blossom Festival.
Image Size 7" x 10"